Living in the Napa Valley since he was six months old, harvest seemed a normal everyday experience for G.W. Lussier while growing up. From a very young age, G.W. participated in crushes at family friends’ wineries. In high school, G.W. always thought he would pursue a career in the culinary arts, working most of his summers in kitchens. During his junior year at St. Helena High School, the September 11th attacks happened and he chose to enter the military.
G.W. attended Norwich University, The Military College of Vermont, and received a degree in International Studies. Upon graduation, he received a Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant; as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army. G.W. served seven years in the army with two combat tours, the first in Iraq, and the second in Afghanistan. During his time in the Army, G.W. was given the opportunity to live in Germany. Over the course of three years, he traveled through Europe and discovered a new-found passion for wines from the different regions through which he traveled.
After leaving the Army in 2014, G.W. committed himself to pursuing winemaking as a career, and continue learning this craft. In 2015, he completed his first harvest internship with Pahlmeyer Winery.
G.W. is excited to be starting 2016 off with the William Selyem team working in winery operations. His passion for learning the craft of winemaking, discovering new methods of making Pinot Noir, and other varietals is turning from a dream into a profession.
When not at the Winery, G.W. is continuing his education in viticulture and enology. During deer season, you can find him hunting with his girlfriend, Arica, and their dog, Krieger, on Cobb Mountain, and on Sunday evenings he’ll be playing bocce on his local St. Helena bocce league team.